Coronavirus is ‘not under control and is accelerating’ as global cases hit 11.8 million, WHO warns
COVID-19 is not under control in most of the world and is actually getting worse, according to the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the total number of cases of coronavirus worldwide has doubled in the last six weeks.
Speaking at the member state briefing on the pandemic evaluation, he said: “The virus has upended health systems in some of the world’s wealthiest nations, while some countries that have mounted a successful response have been of modest means.
“We know that when countries take a comprehensive approach based on fundamental public health measures – such as find, isolate, test and treat cases, and trace and quarantine contacts – the outbreak can be brought under control.
“But in most of the world the virus is not under control. It is getting worse.
“More than 11.8 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO. More than 544,000 lives have been lost.
“And the pandemic is still accelerating.”
The warning comes just a day after Donald Trump moved to officially withdraw the US from the WHO.
Mr Trump warned in May that the US was “terminating its relationship” with the health body, accusing it of failing to adequately respond to COVID-19 and being under the “total control” of China.
While many countries are now turning their attention to a possible second wave, the US, India and Brazil are struggling to contain the first.
The worst-hit country has been the US, where more than three million people have contracted the virus and 131,000 have died.
Meanwhile, quarantine rules for people returning to or visiting the UK from certain countries are being relaxed.
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